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COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Stony Brook University Hospital

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One step closer to normalcy.

That’s where the country is headed as Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine was distributed across the U.S. this week.

The first batch of 170,000 vaccinations in New York went to healthcare essential workers, as well as to communities hit hard by the virus.

On Monday, Sandra Lindsay — a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park — was the first person in the country to be vaccinated.

And now locally on Tuesday at Stony Brook University Hospital, 250 shots were just administered to its personnel.

“I am so excited and thankful to be a part of the solution,” said Kisa King, a resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital, who received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at SBUH.

The vaccine, which has been found to be more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 after two doses, was approved in record time through the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, a $14 billion program.

According to reports, the state is expected to receive 346,000 additional inoculations from biotech company Moderna.

Top: Stony Brook University Hospital’s Kisa King receiving the vaccination this week (courtesy photo)